Why is Planned Parenthood flipping out over the Hyde Amendment if abortion is really 3% of what they do? – Washington Examiner
At one time, the Democratic Party took a seemingly moderate stance on abortion. Many of their politicians, including Hillary Clinton, even endorsed “safe, legal, and rare” as the best approach to what they considered a complicated subject. Those days are long gone. Now, abortion is a sacrament to the Left that is grotesquely celebrated and seen, rather ironically, as a basic human right.
Since the start of his term, President Trump has appointed two right-leaning jurists to the Supreme Court. Both Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh inspire fear among abortion advocates who believe the shift in the court is certain to put Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in danger. As a result, a wave of legislation has rippled through the country. Some states, like New York, have loosened restrictions and now allow the life-ending procedure of abortion at any time. Others, like Alabama, have extended early protections to unborn life by way of a heartbeat bill.
It’s safe to say that abortion is high on the list of topics for the 2020 campaign season.
This week, former Vice President Joe Biden announced support for the Hyde Amendment, much to the chagrin of his fellow candidates who believe that federal funds should be allowed to pay for abortions. Though his moderate stance on this matter closely aligns with his fellow Americans, pro-choice politicians and abortion providers alike were quick to share their disappointment.
But Planned Parenthood’s consistent, enraged objection to the Hyde Amendment is quite telling.
Routinely, the abortion giant claims that abortions are only 3% of whey they do. With that assertion, they insist a whopping 97% of their mission is devoted to non-abortive care. How utterly convenient. However, this claim has been challenged by many, including the Washington Post fact-checker who called it “misleading.” Elsewhere, Rich Lowry has explained the deceit:
“The 3 percent figure is derived by counting abortion as just another service like much less consequential services.”
“So abortion is considered a service no different than a pregnancy test (1.1 million), even though a box with two pregnancy tests can be procured from the local drugstore for less than $10.”
“By Planned Parenthood’s math, a woman who gets an abortion but also a pregnancy test, an STD test and some contraceptives has received four services, and only 25 percent of them are abortion. This is a little like performing an abortion and giving a woman an aspirin, and saying only half of what you do is abortion.”
We know that Planned Parenthood’s 3% claim is a lie, but they still attempt to pass it off a truth. All along, they know how deceptive this sermon is.
If abortions are truly a minuscule factor in their daily operations, then why the push to repeal an amendment that barely touches their bottom line? Why the online campaign to #BeBoldEndHyde if 97% of their daily activity is focused on other services?
Because they know that ending unborn life is their main objective.
In the last year alone, a total of 332,757 abortions were performed in their clinics nationwide. They dominate the business of destruction.
Right now, the Hyde Amendment keeps clinics from using government funds for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Since those three reasons combined account for less than 13.5% of abortions, I’d say that Planned Parenthood is in desperate need of more dollars to fund their barbarism.
By demanding more money off the backs of taxpayers, Planned Parenthood tacitly admits what we’ve always known: Abortion is their biggest business.
Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog and a columnist at Arc Digital.